Video tour of stunning south Belfast home in Newforge Lane
Grand architectural detail, extensive private gardens and an interesting history comes with this beautiful Belfast home. Stephanie Bell reports...
Even by the high standards of the Malone area The Beacon stands out as something quite different and special.
This landmark property was designed in 1959 by architect Henry Lynn for businessman Clement Wilson who formed Northern Ireland's first "factory garden" which is now one of the city's most popular public parks, named after him.
Clement Wilson Park dates back to 1929 when 25 acres were acquired by the Wilson family when they bought an adjoining factory.
The area was transformed into attractive gardens by Mr R Clement Wilson, Chairman of the Wilson Companies and in 1975; it was acquired as a public park and named after the man who had had the idea of landscaping it for his employees.
With its Norfolk Reed thatched roof, 'The Beacon' boasts immense character and sits in stunning grounds with mature gardens and woodland extending to around 2.8 acres in the heart of Malone.
The setting enjoys all the attributes of peaceful, rural living with the Clement Wilson Park and the Lagan Valley literally on the doorstep.
There is also easy access to the City Centre, main arterial routes, a range of leading primary and grammar schools, and the many social and recreational amenities of South Belfast.
The property has some pretty spectacular features inside and as well as a large reception hall with gallery landing, there is a ground floor cloakroom, impressive drawing room, wood panelled dining room, kitchen with adjoining utility room, four bedrooms including a spacious master with access to a veranda and en suite bathroom.
Double entrance doors with double height leaded glazed panels open to a bright reception hall with feature stone wall, a parquet floor and solid wooden staircase with cast iron spindles leading to a gorgeous gallery landing.
The drawing room has a spectacular oversized period ingle nook fireplace in polished stone with a hardwood mantle running almost the full length of the room.
There is a modern feel to this bright space and steps lead up to a feature wooden sliding door which reveals the elegant dining room with its wonderful original wood panel walls.
This bright and characterful room also has a period fireplace with hardwood mantel and stone surround and French doors opening onto the garden.
A rear hallway features a walk in larder and leads to the kitchen.
Another bright room, it is up-to-date in styling with a range of light oak units with an inset Belfast sink and an oil fired Aga. A serving hatch opens to the dining room.
Off the kitchen is a rear porch with a utility room.
Upstairs and the wonderful gallery landing leads to a stunning master bedroom. This large room is modern in styling and features a lovely period style handcrafted fireplace with marble surround and hearth. French doors open onto a veranda with views over the mature gardens.
The en suite has a colored panelled bath and a fully tiled shower cubicle, low flush WC, pedestal wash hand basin and bidet.
Bedroom two has a connecting door to the main bathroom which also has a panelled bath and fully tiled walls.
Outside you could lose yourself in the rolling lawns and profusion of mature trees and plants.
Pleasant pathways cut through the woodland gardens and there is a sweeping driveway which leads to generous parking and a turning area, plus detached double garage.
The property has full planning permission granted for a substantial period style residence on the site.
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